Monday, October 4, 2010

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
Summary: (from book jacket) Hunter. Autumn. Summer. Different homes. Different guardians. Different last names. Different lives. But there is one person who binds them together. Kristina. Nineteen years after Kristina Snow met the monster- crank- her children are reeling from the consequences of her decisions. Instead of one big, happy family, they are a desperate tangle of scattered lives united by anger, doubt and fear. A predisposition to addiction and a sense of emptiness where a mother's love should be leads all three down the road of their mother's notorious legacy. Sex, drugs alcohol, abuse- there is more of Kristina in her children than they would ever like to believe. But when the thread that ties them together brings them face to face, they'll discover something powerful in each other and in themselves- the trust,the hope, the courage to begin to break the cycle.
Review: This book was really great. It was a great ending to an eye opening look at addiction that this series has become.
 I really liked the fact that this book is told from the perspective of Kristina's three oldest children. Instead of showing the way addiction affects the use ,as she does in Crank and Glass, Hopkins chose to show the ways that addiction affects the people who are close to the user. I thought it was a fitting end to the series and enjoyed viewing the problem from another perspective.
  I also liked the fact that readers get to see where all the characters form Crank and Glass ended up after nineteen years. Hopkins writes brief newspaper articles throughout the book to tell where various characters that don't really have a part in the story have ended up and what they have done with there lives. I liked slowly putting together the pieces of the puzzle and seeing how everyone fits together. I also really liked the way it ended. the ending was slightly open ended and it left me to imagine the ways Kristina's children will continue to fight to break the cycle of addiction.
 This book is a fitting end to this series. I recommend this series  to anyone who wants a to read a story of the ways that meth addiction affects the user and the people closest to them.

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